26 Jun 2020 17:18

Judge gives stage and film director Serebrennikov suspended sentence of 3 years in prison for fraud

MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) - Moscow's Meshchansky District Court ruled on Friday to hand down a suspended sentence of three years in prison to stage and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, having found him guilty of fraud in the so-called Studio Seven case, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courthouse.

"The court resolves to find Serebrennikov guilty of committing a crime covered by Russian Criminal Code Article 159, Part 4, and sentence him to three years in prison and fine him 800,000 rubles. Said punishment shall be considered suspended, with a three-year probation period," Judge Olesya Mendeleyeva said when handing down the judgement.

The court also gave suspended sentences of two years in prison to Alexei Malobrodsky and three years in prison to Yury Itin and fined each of them 200,000 rubles in the same case.

The court also banned Serebrennikov and Itin from occupying positions involving administrative, economic, organizational, or managerial duties in state cultural establishments for three years and Malobrodsky for two years.